When I reached this point last year there were maybe 7-8 other people there at the same time. I had done some research beforehand and knew that I wanted to take the road. After a long day I just did not want the extra stress on the knees of a steep descent. I was surprised (and pleased) that everyone else took the forest route. I guess it is a bit shorter, and to each their own, but I was happy to stroll the last few kilometres into Roncesvalles with nothing but my own thoughts.